In Russell Fette’s disjointed attempt on Jan. 17 to respond to my criticism of his original confused entry on the subject of our leaving Iraq, Fette writes that the status of forces agreement, that expired in 2011, was to be “renegotiated ... with U.S. troops in a different role.” Let us accept that as true but the bottom line was that we could not agree to have our forces subject to Iraqi justice and it is also true that Obama did not want us to stay. To assume, as Fette does, that if we had stayed with 7,000 to 10,000 troops all would be right is naive and disingenuous.
Fette then goes on to imply sympathy for Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki in that we failed to give him the support needed to push any U.S.-Iraq agreement though his parliament. Maliki is a Shia Muslim, as are 80 percent of Iraqis, and Iran is also Shia majority dominated. Since our departure from Iraq, that country has allowed itself to come greatly under the influence of Iran. The American people wanted us out of Iraq in 2012, and Obama was rightfully fulfilling the demands of a substantial majority and to propose a different course of action is supposition and a distorted and warped opinion of where we would be today.
Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon